Broad wants fast start for Cook

  • Last Updated: October 11 2012, 8:15 BST

Stuart Broad has stressed the importance of launching the reign of new England Test captain Alastair Cook in a positive manner.

Broad: Keen on vice-captain role

Four Tests and five one-day internationals await England on their winter tour to India, with the squad departing for their Dubai training camp in two weeks.

Cook will be taking charge of the Test team for the first time since succeeding Andrew Strauss in August, although he oversaw two victories against Bangladesh in 2010.

"Alastair was the obvious choice to replace Andrew. He's done really well with the one-day side," Broad said.

"It was very sad to see Andrew go, he was a fantastic captain and I played a lot of my cricket under him. He's been very inspiring.

"Alastair has played lots of cricket under him as well, so I'm sure he'll embrace Strauss' leadership style and add it to his own style.

"It's a new chapter for English cricket and it's crucial that as players we get behind Alastair and get him off on the right foot."

Broad, who leads England's Twenty20 side, was caught by surprise by Strauss' retirement from all cricket in the wake of the recent series defeat by South Africa.

The 26-year-old all-rounder speaks highly of Strauss, but insists now is the time to unite behind his successor.

"Andrew retiring came as a big shock because I fully expected him to lead through until the Ashes series, but obviously he knew the time was right to go," Broad said.

"Like everything he did, he left with real class. He wrote us all individual letters.

"He will always have a very strong backing within that changing room because he was a fantastic leader who took us to some great victories.

"It's important to remember those awesome times, but also to look forward to the future with Cook.

"I believe he will be a fantastic captain for England."

The vice-captaincy remains vacant and Broad is interested in the post, with the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka having whetted his appetite for leadership.

"It hasn't been discussed. But any leadership role within the England side is a huge honour," he said.

"It's an important role if you do get it. I enjoyed being captain at the World Twenty20."

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